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done at. pope benedict xvi said it 16 years ago. if he does not have the strength to go on to perform his duties he should step down. something that no one has considered in modern times. >> the pope today has to conduct hundreds if not thousands of audiences, meetings, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> pope benedict xvi has always been a low-key person. he will retire to spiritual life is not a monastery for the rest of his life while someone else will take his place. >> the archbishop called the man a -- the pope and a man of prayer. many were shocked and surprised by the announcement. barry simms is live in baltimore with reaction. >> he was with the pope's seven weeks and said after hearing the news, he decided to offer prayers for the church, the pope, and he also asked the faithful to the same. -- to do the same. >> many are finding it hard to believe that they respect his decision to step down. >> i applaud him for the decision. to make the decision you can no longer make -- do the job you're elected to do. >> maybe he is feeling sick or he needs so
of thousands crowded st. peter's square for one of pope benedict xvi final public appearances. the pope will set step dune 11 days from now setting in motion the search for a new leader and maybe a new direction for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson is at the vat tan cannes tonight with more. anne? >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight, the pope is on a week-long lenten retreat inside vatican with the dives his papacy numbered. now, every public appearance of benedict sass must-s-- benedicta mist-see event. for more than 50,000 people, this was the place to be a vigil of faithful and curious in st. peter's square to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thaddius howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted to let the pope know that he is supported by all of us from america. >> reporter: in six different languages, benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me. are.are in german, he spoke of his difficult days. [ speaking german ] >> reporte
>>> on our broadcast tonight, stepping down. the stunning news from the vatican, pope benedict announces he is resigning. the first to step aside in more than 700 years. as 1 billion catholics are left wondering why, what it means for the church, and who might replace him. >>> the fugitive. the ex cop terrorizing southern california. police officers are being protected around the clock. a reward up to $1 million. >>> the big digs, people snowed under and waiting for help. plus a direct hit from a tornado in the south. >>> and a genuine american hero. the incredible story how he saved so many lives, fighting back tears today as he received this nation's highest award for military valor. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. it came out of nowhere. and it stunned the over 1 billion catholics around the world when the pope announced early this morning, our time, he is stepping down, abdicating. this hasn't happened in seven centuries. pope benedict has served during a troubling
this morning to hear the news. he called pope benedict xvi a man of humility, reflection, and wisdom and as the faithful to pray for the pope and also the church. worshippers in downtown baltimore are fighting hard to believe. some tell us that the respect his decision to step down. >> it will never be easy for him but whether it is the right decision, you do not know until history shows as the right decision. >> he cannot do his job if his health is not good. >> what does that mean for the church? >> there's another holy man in the wings ready to take his place. >> i hope he will recognize the humanity of this pope. -- we will recognize the humanity of this pope. recognize that the stamina required for this role was not his any longer. >> i was just surprised. very, very surprised. a little bit sad. i think he is a wonderful polk. he has done a wonderful job these last eight years. >> what ever has motivated his decision he does think he is doing it for the good of the church as well as for his own good. >> the colonel calls this an act of selflessness and humility. the cardinal wil
benedict. but a new controversy threatens to overshadow the next election of the -- the election of the next holy father. other parts of the country are still dealing with snow. what to expect for the beginning of your work week. >> a milestone moment witnessed by thousands in rome. pope benedict stood before the crowd and delivered his final sunday blessing. the pontiff prepares for retirement amid new controversy. and thompson explains as we thompson world -- anne explains as we cover the world. >> afflicts chant -- catholics jammed st. peter's square to share the final blessing us -- of pope benedict. they heard the pope give more reasons for why he is retiring. he told the crowd that god has called him onto the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation, but that he would not be abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said god had asked him to witness life with the same kind of dedication, but to do so in a way that is more appropriate for his age and strength. for the many expressions of gratitude, closeness, and prayer. >> it was played out against the bac
dolan said benedict added -- had a tough act to follow. >> he shrugged and said compared to john paul ii, i do not know i am up to this. he has done well for almost eight years. gretzky -- it is expected the vatican will hold a conclave to select a new pope before easter. >> there is a lot of speculation about whether the next leader of the church will be younger or maybe from a developing country. >> more than 1 billion people identify as catholic. maybe another surprise is in store when the cardinals elect his successor. >> members of the archdiocese will be paying close attention to the vatican. for more on that, we're joined from cathedral mary our queen in north baltimore. >> baltimore's tarja. that -- archbishop is commending the pope. by recognizing his limitations. many are talking about who would be best suited to succeed the probe. >> i do not think it would be an american. >> the pope is to be aunifin unifying figure. >> he believes the next pope may be from a developing part of the world. >> the church is growing leaps and bounds. in africa as well as latin america. and head
benedict? >> some drastic action to get baltimore back on the right financial track. >> enjoy the dry weather while you can. the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> 6:01. traffic and weather on the 1's. >> temperatures in the 40's. who is ready for a little snow? we have some snow in the forecast, but not today. 45 at the airport. that is pretty mild for this time of year. it is breezy. a mixture of sun and clouds. >> good morning. we are tracking a few problems out there. was down 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident -- westbound 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident. eastbound traffic does get by in towards the beltway. we're seeing those west side delays. 30 minutes around security down toward edmondson -- 13 minutes around security down towards edmondson. movi
pope benedict for acting in the best interest of the church. speculation is mounting about who people will think will replace him. the pope has to be a unifying figure to the whole world and be able to bring together a broad spectrum of catholics. the next pope may be from a developing part of the world. the decision to step aside is an active humility. the current archbishop agrees. he waited on the task ahead of the new pope. >> can he embrace every language and culture on the face of this earth? i imagine what the job description that is. >> the archbishop says he does recall the pope saying if he reached the time he didn't have the stamina for the job, he would step aside. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> we have complete coverage of resignation on our website. >> president obama will deliver the state of the union address tonight. it will build consensus among democrats and republicans. tracie potts has a preview. >> tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class. thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis
the super bowl a week ago. >>> and the end of mardi gras ushers lent season with pope benedict leaving the church. nbc's chris jansing is inside the vatican where the audience with the pope is about to get under way. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you, mara. in half an hour, we will get the first viewing of pope benedict since he made that shocking decision to step down. this is an audience. and it is the first of what will be several appearances before his last day as pope which is february 28th. later today because it's ash wednesday he will be saying mass. normally, it's held in a very small church near here but it's been moved to st. peter because of the expected demand for attendance. and then on sunday, he will come out on the balcony which is the traditional sunday, and after that there are expected to be very few appearances by pope benedict, as you know, made the decision because he's becoming increasingly frail over the past several years and months to step down. so we'll be looking in the knicks half hour to see how he seems to be doing, how his health is
. >> pope benedict xvi is allowing the cardinals to elect his successor sooner than march 15. today the hurry the wreckage -- resignation of britain's most senior cardinal is casting a cloud over the final days of benedict. sexual misconduct allegations date back to the 1980's. he is facing allegations that he engaged in improper conduct with other priests. it is the first time a cardinal has recused himself from a conclave because of personal scandal. pope benedict will step down on thursday. the only u.s. surgeon general to become a star in the role has passed away. c. everett coop died today at his home in new hampshire. it was a leading spokesperson on public health. he focused america's attention on the aids epidemic and rallied against smoking, saying nicotine is just as addictive as heroin or cocaine. he was 96 years old. >> if you have a kid at home, the chances are pretty good you'll have to deal with an ear infection at some point. starting today, pediatricians may gloat -- may no longer look at avionics as the best medicine. kate amara explains in tonight's medical alert.
in parishes across the world, the resignation of pope benedict xvi confirming his love for the church and its followers. feeling his health was not up to the herculean task, his holiness made the ultimate sacrifice in determining that advocating the job was the right about the time. it is something that has not been done in 600 years of this transition will be historic. with the changing base of the church, their speculations that the next pope could come from latin america or an emerging african nation. one thing is for sure -- parishioners will have a new host of the easter and an opportunity to embrace a new leadership and vision for the church. as we move through the lenten season, we look no further from pope benedict xvi and the example he leads that service to other begins with selflessness. for more on the life and leadership of the pope and the upcoming transition, log onto wbaltv.com, and click
terms. a milestone moment witnessed by thousands. pope benedict delivered his final sunday blessing. as anne thompson explains, he prepares for retirement and it new controversy. >> during the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people not only got a blessing but they heard the pope give more reason for why he is retiring. he told the crowd got has called him on the mountain. -- god has called him on the mountain to live a life of prayer and meditation. he wants to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> affection, closeness, and prayer. >> the event played out against the background of a new scandal. the priests what the cardinal to resign immediately. a spokesperson told me the pope will be informed about the matter. the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >> still ahead, which stars can call themselves oscar winners. plus, love for the game and a big donation. it adds up to a great new experience for baltimore school boards. -- girls. >> other storms waiting in the wings. the car >>
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
smokers who wish to do so. the vatican is getting ready for pope benedict's final public audience on wednesday. and thompson reports from the vatican. >> we have new details about pope benedict 16's life after he stepped down. he will be called pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white. those red pradesh is he loves so much, they are gone. he will wear brown shoes. >> the city of leon is noted for beautiful shoes and very comfortable shoes. when the pope was asked what he wanted to where he said he wanted the shoes from a on in mexico. to our friends from mexico, congratulations. >> the pope also give cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave. those meetings to even discuss the start date will not happen until next week. i am in vatican city, back to you. >> egyptian officials say 19 people were killed when a hot air balloon cannot predict hot air balloon carrying terrorists exploded in mid air. tourists were visiting from britain, france, japan, and hong kong. somehow a gas canister ignited, shooting the balloon high into the air. it reportedly exploded 1
-- >> pope benedict gives his final sunday blessing before he retires. the pontiff said he will continue to serve the church after he retires with the same dedication. pope benedict will make his last public appearance on wednesday and retire on thursday, becoming the first pope to do so in the hundreds of years. there are new details surrounding oscar pistorius' bond agreement. he was released on bail on friday he. is accused of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day, and his older brother also faces murder charges. >> for three days since his release on bail, the stuff of global headlines come oscar pistorius has not set foot outside his uncle's house. his older brother also faces questions of his own out here. staying silent, he is charged himself in a separate case involving a homicide. it stems from a car accident six years ago. he was charged with driving recklessly. the attention on oscar's case has not let up for a moment. friends of grievous steenkamp react to his release. >> personally, i believe he deserves to stay in jail. >> his coat pocket with starting training again
that the outgoing pope benedict will be called -- what he will be called after he is pope and what life will be like for him, because after all, remember, an abdicating pope is all new territory for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson remains at the vatican for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. they are already closing off the streets around st. peter's square in anticipation of the huge crowds for pope benedict's final audience tomorrow. the cardinals who will elect his successor have started to arrive, including controversial american cardinal roger mahoney, who is here despite calls for him to stay home because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests in los angeles. these final days for benedict have been very difficult. he's seen a cardinal forced to resign, intense speculation over an internal investigation into leaked documents. but today the news was all about his new life. in retirement, he will be called pope emeritus. he will still wear white, just a simple catholic and not the cape we're used to seeing. his red shoes will be traded in for a p
the world are still adjust to go the knowledge to the announcement pope benedict will be stepping down and new leadership will follow. and today the man who says he lacks the strength to go on as leader of the church led his final public mass as pope. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight from the vatican. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today we finally saw the man who is causing all the commotion here. in two public appearances, pope benedict looked every one of his 85 years, but his voice and his resolve are strong. ♪ pope benedict led a packed st. peter's basilica in a moving ash wednesday mass. reminding the faithful, they are made from dust and to dust they shall return. a message of humility, answered by an unusual demonstration of affection. a spontaneous, prolonged standing ovation for the retiring pontiff, at his final public mass. a sea of cell phones appecaptur the exit of a man praised today as a symbol and humble worker. >> i have tears in my eyes. it's just so amazing to be here. >> reporter: it turned into a pep rally of sorts for the pontiff. an a
from now pope benedict will step down. then it will be time for the cardinals to elect a new pope, and some american cardinals who will be heading to the conclave suddenly find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight, once again from the vatican with this story. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as pope benedict finishes his less than ten retreat, the vatican is preparing for this historic transition. with many questions such as who will lead the church far from answered. a week before pope benedict retires, and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys in church. >> reporter: praising circles for his persona. his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting the obama administration's contraception coverage mandate. but this week, dolan was deposed about how he dealt with abusive priests as archbishop of milwaukee. what impact is this going to have on cardinal dolan? >> i think it will have zero imp
afternoon. our big story this noon -- pope benedict xvi surprised the world by announcing is stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff is setting his advanced age as the reason. >> a shocking decision when the pope decided to resign due to the fact that he does that have the strength to carry on with his mission as the leader of the 1.2 billion catholics around the world. >> in order to govern, both strength of mind and body are necessary. my strength tested during -- deteriorated -- my strength has deteriorated. for this reason and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, i declare i renounce the ministry of bishops of rome. >> during a small key meeting with a number of cardinals here at the vatican, he said to carry on with your job, you need a healthy mind and body. no doubt about his mind which is a sharp but the body has been weakening by the month. this is an 85-year-old man with a lot of responsibilities. still, john paul ii, at the end, one of us -- was unable to watkins began still carried on until he died. pope benedict xvi decided to go against all the rules a
of the union and republican reply. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the papacy. abdication hasn't happened in six centuries. it's creating shock waves even from the sky. the guardian newspaper shows lightning hitting st. peter's basilica last night after the news broke. claudio la vagne is there. >> reporter: well, a day after the announcement that pope benedict will abdicate, more details are emerging about that announcement. newspaper says that decision made months ago right after his trip to mexico and cuba in march 2012. that's when the pope realized he's too old and too weak to just perform the duties of a pope, including of course, transatlantic trouble. so what's going to happen now? february 28th, 8:00 in the evening rome time, he's going to stop being the pope. and he won't have any more followers of the catholic church. he will then retire to the summer residence outside of rome. when a new pope is elected, hopefully, right before easter, then he will retire to a life of spirituality in a convent inside the vatican city. >> th
. less than two weeks before pope benedict -- benedictus steps down officially. more on what is next for the catholic church as the cover the world. >> in rome, pope benedict is suddenly number one on everybody's list. today, he gave his weekly prayer. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mask turned churchgoers' into paparazzi. 35,000 people have already requested three tickets since the vatican. >> i think he will make it work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> eventually, he will live in this renovated monastery in vatican city, close to the new pope. no one expects him to be intrusive. >> the new pope may come in and seek his advice. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned. without a doubt. it may be his finest legacy to the church, his greatest gift. he has brought papacy into the modern age. the process to choose the successor is scheduled but it could move up. >> back to you. >> now, your weather forecast. >> it was a rod day. the wind had something to do with it. it felt like the teens
into port now. >>> pope benedict's sendoff has the faithful on their feet. >>> mayor bloomberg's latest target. plus, the world's largest airline. and 1 million are calling women around the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 14th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. 4200 passengers are hoping to set foot on dry land this morning after a disaster at sea. carnival's triumph cruise liner lost power on sunday, causing it to become stranded with little food and even few you are working bathrooms. nbc's jay gray is live in alabama where the ship is set to dock. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. yeah, passengers have described it as a difficult and disgusting trip, one that should end this afternoon has the ship is pulled into the cruise terminal here. a third tugboat joined the slow tow pulling the crippled cruise liner toward this dock at the port of mobile. >> we've been doing a lost work to try to activate the terminal again. we've been doing a lot of logistic security to make this experience
breaking news. a stunning announcement just coming in from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. we're live with what's behind his decision and how quickly the next pope will be elected, "today," monday, february 11th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. can't say that this is unprecedented for a pope to just step down, but you have to go back 1600 years to find another example of it. pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. huge news for the world's 1 billion catholics. >> and noncatholics as well. the 85-year-old pope made the announcement moments ago, saying his strength is no longer adequate to carry on his duties. in a moment we'll talk about the decision with timothy cardinal dolan, the highest ranking catholic here in the united states. claudeio is in rome. this morning, would you say this is total surprise? >> reporter: matt
three days left in his papacy, the vatican wanted the spotlight to be on pope benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and he had en boro. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one that handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardi
flying into the grandstands causing serious injuries. >>> pushing back. as pope benedict prepares to step down, the vatican lashes out over media reports and speculation on why he's retiring. and about some of those who might replace him. >>> and, shaking it up. on how a song makes it to the top of the charts. some say it's about time. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a developing story from daytona beach, florida, where late this afternoon a race car smashed into the fence and sent debris flying into the grandstands. it happened on the eve of the daytona 500 on the final lap of a nationwide series race. at least a dozen people were taken to the hospital. nbc's janet shamlian is in daytona with the latest for us tonight. january the net, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. it was a jaw-dropping multi-car crash in five-day forecast grandstand on the final lap of this race. the rookie kyle larsen's car went into the fence, his engine caught fire, then spectators say they saw large chunks of debris flying high into the stands. many say
. savannah? >> al, thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, bone addict xvi, roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, they g he will have to switch to brown shoes. he will wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in the newspaper sunday that o'brien denied. monday, pope benedict o
state of the union address. >>> vatican intrigue, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection wit
more on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announce thamt he ment that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdica abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome sfw. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cat also accompany him. no word yet on whether there
from now. >>> the long farewell. pope benedict delivering his final sunday this morning. thousands flocking to st. peter's square as the vatican deals with another claim of inappropriate behavior, this time by a cardinal. >>> and the winner is? the excitement building this morning. the oscars just hours away. we'll take a look at which movies and stars could take home that coveted golden statue today. sunday, february 24, 2013. >>> very festive music on this sunday morning. >> wish you were walking awe with a statue right now. >> i think we should. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm lester holt. we'll have more on oscar buzz coming up. but we have serious news, including the scary crash at daytona. a crowd went flying into the wall during the final lap. 33 people hurt. crews working throughout the night to get the track ready for today's daytona 500. a live report in just a moment. >>> also this morning, yet another round of gridlock. we're just five days away from sweeping spending cuts that could impact everything from your food to your paycheck, and they could be just the beginning. com
will preside over a mass this ash wednesday -- pope benedict preside over amassed this ash wednesday, expected to be his last before his retirement this month. he explained that he thought long and hard about the decision to abdicate and decided that that was best for the catholic church. thep ope -- the pope plans to hold a last general audience in st. petersburg square on the 27. it baltimore florist says she fell victim to an employee. a preview of the i-team investigation. >> we are talking to potential for snow later this evening. so far it is just rain in the state of maryland. in live look at ocean city. temperatures near 40 to downtown. the rain is >> the president's nominee for treasury secretary takes center stage today. jack lew is expected to face questions about his track record and his tenure at citigroup during the financial crisis. lew, who has been serving as the president's chief of staff, is expected be easily confirmed by the democratic-controlled senate. he would succeed timothy geithner. president obama is in north carolina this afternoon seeking support for the plans he
, but whether does not seem to be a factor. changes are being felt around the world as pope benedict xvi finishes up his last week at the vatican. at the end of this month, his official twitter account will close down. he has more than 2 million followers. it is likely he will send his last tweet every 27, the day before he leaves the vatican. the dalai lama will deliver a lecture on may 7th at the comcast center. the chairman of the lecture for peace series says the dalai lama has been a voice for compassion during turbulent times. previous addresses have been andvered by kofi annan nelson mandela. still to come, home improvements for the ravens. >> the weather pattern set up here is good for a few storms over the next week or two. >> we have a winner. a frederick county woman has come forward with the winning animated-millions ticket. she wants to remain anonymous. the jackpot was estimated at $20 million. she chose the cash option, which means she will take home about $12 million after taxes. she says she plans to retire and by a beach house. congratulations to her. earlier in the wee
in parishes across the world. pope benedict xvi's resignation on monday confirmed his love for the church and its followers. feeling his health was not up to the herculean job of leading one billion catholics worldwide, his holiness made the ultimate sacrifice and determined that abdicating the job was the right move at this time. it is something that has not be done in 600 years, and because of that, this transition will be, in a word, historic. with the changing face of the church, there is speculation the next pope could come from an emerging african nation or perhaps somewhere in latin america. one thing is sure -- in churches from essex to eldersburg, parishioners will have a new holy father by easter, and with it, opportunity to embrace new leadership and vision for the church. as we move through the lenten season with its lessons of sacrifice, we look no farther than pope benedict xvi and the example he will leave for all people of faith -- that service to others begins with selflessness. for more on the life of the pope, log onto wbaltv.com and click on newsnçn
pope benedict xvi's final days. >> volunteers are valuable to any organization, but many times they go unnoticed. how you can change that. >> for those hoping there'll be a new pulp in place by easter, sooner.ect a successor cente there is a cloud over benedictus final days. >> this morning the press room was packed with journalists from all over the world, all waiting for the big announcement. the vatican spokesperson confirmed that the pope has changed the canon law that set the rules for the election of the pope. it was meant to start between march 15 and 20, but now the cardinals will be allowed to change that and start the conclave as early as the first day of march. >> it is only determined once the cardinals began meeting, and we do not expect the meeting to take place before march 1. >> the spokesperson said that pope benedict xvi has accepted the offer of resignation by carl l. o'brien -- cardinal o'brien. he said he would not come to rome and participate in the conclave because he did not want the media attention on him and taken away from the election of the pope. never befo
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
benedict's last sunday blessings. >> and while there could be drizzle, more sunshine for the afternoon. >> and imagine this, pretty tense moments. nearly 100 people got stuck on a zoo monorail. how firefighters were able to get them down. th >> and welcome back to 11 news sunday morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> ava here with another look outside. still foggy driving in this morning. any better? >> yes. still lingering over from yesterday. yesterday was one of those days where you just wanted to stay inside. >> we were starting the day off like that but as you see right now on the radar there's still some activity going on in the mid-atlantic. those are sprinkles trying to develop and the steadiest of the showers are down to the south moving offshore. so you just have to deal with these high moisture counts then we should see some clearing. they are reporting dry conditions. the current temperature with all that mild weather keeping the temperature is ok this morning then we're warmer as we go into the afternoon and we should see more sunshine this afternoon and that will l
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
to pick the new pope. scotland's cardinal keith o'brien resigned. the vatican says pope benedict accepts the cardinals's resignation because he's near the age of 75, not because of accusations. >>> today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. a million hoodie gathering is scheduleded here in new york city. the teen was shot by george zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty. his trial is set to start in june. >>> in california, the search continues this morning for four people whose 29-foot sailboat disappeared off the coast of monterey. the distress call believed to be made by a man with his wife, son and a young cousin before they abandoned the sinking vessel. >> we are ban donning the ship. we are abandoning the ship. >> the voters said their electronics were failing and they were fashioning a makeshift raft. officials hope the call will lead to new information that can aid in their search. for more on the weather here's nbc's meteorologist dylan dreyer. good morning. >> it's got its sights set on t
to celebrate ash wednesday. the venue drew thousands as pope benedict xvi presided over his last public mass as pontiff. the first since announcing he is retiring at the end of the month. the vatican has announced the conclave to elect a successor will start between march 15 and march 20. those not able to make it to an area at church for ash wednesday service is to give an edge of ashes on the program. several members of the episcopal clergy stood on sidewalks offering ashes. they say the program allows them to reach hundreds of people who could not otherwise participate. today marks the start of lent leading up to easter in the ash is used to start this time of reflection. >> we're trying to take the church outside a little bit so that people who have no experience with ash wednesday can get a little bit of information about what is and what it means and how it is related to easter. >> this is the second year the episcopal diocese of maryland has participated in the ashes on the program. next, a baltimore flores said she fell victim to an employee she trusted. the designer who allegedly st
guest. but we got surprising news this morning, pope benedict resigning. you have some more information on that, natalie. >> that's right. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning he will be stepping down. rome bureau chief claudio lavagne joins us now with more. good morning, claudio. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. even the elements seem to be reacting to his shocking news. there's a storm raging over vatican city just behind me now. it took everybody by surprise, this announcement this morning. it even took by surprise his closest aides, his spokesperson, lombardi, saying in a press conference that he didn't even know about it, and if he didn't know about it, then who would? well, maybe just the closest cardinals he confessed it to. the cardinals, more than 120 now. certainly he made his announcement as if it was a low-key decision. he did that during a fairly small cardinals gathering here in the vatican and he just said, look, i just don't have the strength anymore to carry on my duties. you need both body and mind to carry on the very important duties of t
. >>> a vatican spokesman said today that pope benedict xvi will not play any role in running the church when he steps down at the end of this month. and today in germany the pope's brother said benedict plans to keep a low profile and may not publish any new writings so they don't interfere with the work of the new pope. >>> president obama lays out the agenda for the start of his second term during tonight's state of the union address. he is expected to focus on job decr creation and middle class growth as well as gun control. the republican response will be delivered by florida senator marco rubio. >>> it will now be at least thursday before a cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico reaches port. carnival cruise line says the ship drifted so far north it will be towed to mobile, alabama, instead of to a closer port in mexico. the carnival triumph, with more than 4,000 passengers and crew members lost power after an engine room fire this weekend. >>> chicago police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of teen hadiya pendleton just days after first lady michelle obama attended
march. pope benedict, who announced he is stepping down for health reasons, was greeted by a crowd of 50,000 on sunday. a journalist who last saw the pope said benedict appeared to have gone blind in his left eye. >>> danica patrick became the first woman to nab a top spot for any race in nascar's premiere circuit, winning the daytona 500 pole sunday with a lap topping 196 miles per hour at the international speed way in florida. she says she was raised to be the fastest driver and not the fastest girl. >>> a new study out today finds preschoolers who watch educational tv are better behaved than kid whose watch violent shows. research published in the journal of peeds says it corresponds to what the children watched and not how many hours they watched. >>> 25 years after the bruce willis first "die hard" movie "a good day to die hard" took the top spot at the box office, $25 million in sales. he's still got it. "identity thief" came behind in a close second and nicholas sparks novel "safe haven" came in third. >>> heavyweight champs mike tyson and evander holyfield were reunited this wee
cardinal keith o'brien will not take part in the conclave to choose the successor of pope benedict. he was accused of inappropriate conduct. the conclave is scheduled to begin earlier than originally thought. pope benedict remarked that he will be serving the church in a more appropriate way for his age. >>> nascar ended sunday with jimmie johnson winning his second daytona 500. danica patrick, who made history as first woman to start a sprint cup race from the pole position finished in eighth place. saturday, though, a spectacular crash during the nascar race at that same track sent debris into the stands, injuring more than it two dozen spectators. more legal troubles for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed that the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 traffic accident. meantime, oscar pistorius is free on bail as he awaits trial for his murder charges in the death of girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >>> secretary of state john kerry is meeting with british officials in london today on his first o
get up to two feet of snow. >>> pope benedict xvi will be called the emeritus pope and carry the title of his holiness after he steps down thursday. monday he received the results of an internal investigation into vatican document leaks. the vatican denied that anything in the report contributed to benedict's historic decision to abdicate. savannah is heading there now and will be reporting from rome tomorrow. >>> president obama takes his battle to a ship building yard to highlight the impact of automatic sequester budget cuts on defense workers. across the board cuts will take effect friday unless the white house and congressional republicans can reach a deal to reduce the federal deficit. >>> a new report says that deaths of younger teenage drivers jumped 19% in the first half of last year. that is more than double the increase for overall traffic fatalities. the governor's highway safety association says the spike is likely due to the improved economy, which puts more cars on the road and a slowdown in new laws that address teen driving safety. >>> apparently the internet has a new
. >> it was a stunning announcement one that reverb rated in parishes all over the world. pope benedict the 17th confirmed the love for others. his holiness made the ultimate sacrifice and determined advocating the job was the right move at this time. it is something that has not been done in 600 years. so this transition will be historic. with the changing face of the church there is speculation the next pope could come from an emerging african nation or somewhere in lat narroning. one thing for sure in churches from he is six to eldersburg parishioners will have a new holy father by easter an opportunity to embrace new vision for the church. as we move through the len ton season with mres so lessons of sacrifice pope benedict xvi that service to others begins with selflessness. for more on the life and leader ship of the pope and the up coming transition log on to to wbal-tv.com and click on news.
at the vatican and who is going to live there? the answer is that is where pope benedict is going to make his retirement home. tomorrow, the pope will hold his weekly audience and then later in the day, he will preside over ash wednesday mass, marking the beginning of lent. that mass was supposed to be held in a small church in rome. it's been move here to st. peter's basilica to accommodate the thousands who are expected to attend what could well be the pope's last public mass. brian? >> all those pieces and clues now apparent. it will be an interesting 16 days ahead. anne thompson in vatican city, thanks. >>> still ahead as we continue on a busy tuesday night, the cruise ship nightmare in the gulf of mexico. an increasingly ugly scene on board. five working toilets, 3,000 people. that's just the start of it. dia. when i first felt the diabetic nerve pain, of course, i had no idea what it was. i felt like my feet were going to sleep. it progressed from there to burning like i was walking on hot coals to like a thousand bees that were just stinging my feet. i have a great relationship with my
revealed today pope benedict fell and cut his head while on a trip to mexico last year. a vatican spokesman inconsistency the fall had no impact on his overall, larger decision to ab by indicate. but it is the second time in three seven days we have learn of a preexisting health issue with the 85-year-old pope who on tuesday let it be known he has a pacemaker. he had just had a procedure performed to have the battery changed two months ago. >>> still ahead, as we continue on this thursday night, a close encounter, the likes of which we here on earth have never seen before. it's now just hours away. >>> and later on this valentine's day, what's the secret to a long and happy marriage? some surprising answers tonight from folks who know a thing or two about that. [ female announcer ] today, jason is here to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve h
. >>> as pope benedict prepares to say farewell at the end of the month there is talk of yet another break from church tradition. the church usually observes a 15 to 20-day waiting period following a papal vacancy to give cardinals time to travel to rome. but church officials now say the process could be moved up possibly in time for a new pope to be chosen before holy week begins on march 24th. back home the flu epidemic that has been ravaging much of the country is finally showing some signs of letting up but experts warn it is far from over. the cdc's latest report says whilt numb while the number of patients admitted for flu-like symptoms has been leveling out the elderly are still being hit hard. when nbc nightly news continues on this saturday why more and more women are deciding they need to be armed. we'll meet some of them as we continue our special series on guns in america. and later, a different prescription for healing. take a little music from these guys and call me in the morning. ♪ i'm lorenzo. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company,
cover the world tonight. what to do with a retired probe? pope benedict xvi will be known as the bishop emeritus of rome. he will receive $3,500 a month from the catholic church and is expected to live inside a renovated monastery in the vatican gardens. officials hope that will be before may. he will stay at a summer residence. addicted is expected to dedicate himself to meditation and prayer after he retires. >> day number two of the bond hearing for oscar. stories -- pistorius. -- the double amputee insists he was not wearing his legs and mistook his girlfriend for a burglar. and a heist pulled off by french thieves. two armed men stole tens of millions of diamonds from a to beers jewelry store tuesday. shoppers did not know the heist was happening. no word on whether the two are connected. >> a series of hacking attacks blamed on the chinese military. ward that those accusations were flawed. >> the latest on an effort to tackle cyber theft. >> revealing the surprising economic impact that maryland lawmakers >> here is what we'rwe're working on for six. the i-team takes a look. and a
. erica? >> thanks. >>> pope benedict met with italy's president this morning just five days before he steps down as the leader of the catholic church. there's some speculation today about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson is in vatican city with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. there's all kinds of chatter here at the vatican where pope benedict xvi is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops today to italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for his final two events. meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion such as who will lead the church that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy doland. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praising catholic circles for his charismatic persona, his efforts to revitalize the church, and fighting the obama
order. pope benedict the sixteenth will make his final address tomorrow and the vatican is revealing what life will look like for him. he will continue to wear white and brown shoes he received in mexico. he will be called his holiness. they have told cardinals to move of the conclave, but the meeting won't begin until next week. >> cars and trucks might be the next internet hotspots. >> you could get internet behind the wheel. >> hitting more than 200,000 views on line, but police say lil poopie is a lil yellow. >> the forecast, coming next. >> here is what is coming up at 6:00. misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding the gun control bill is about to be consuming the senate. and the countdown the sequestration continues, a look at how the cuts can impact education in maryland. education in maryland. >> he is wrapping in videos about machine guns and groupies, the problem is that he is only nine. child welfare officials are investigating his father. we have that story from boston. >> show this video and you get some interesting reactions. >> that is terrible. >> absolutely ina
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